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Issues to Consider Before You Purchase a Tablet

If you’re considering purchasing a tablet, there are several things you should be aware of. Did you know that the iPad wasn’t the first tablet invented?

There are scores of different models and features available on tablets, thanks to the boom of the iPad. There are at least a dozen different manufacturers as well, which could make it difficult for you to select the right model for your needs.

Choosing the right operating system

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According to the PC Mag newsletter, the growth rate in the tablet niche is so big that many analysts believe tablets will claim almost half of the PC market in 2014.

Selecting the right tablet is very similar to selecting the right laptop. Most likely, your decision will come down to your gut feeling. The top contenders in the tablet industry are Apple and Android; however, the Windows 8 tablet is also a contender.

We all know that Apple’s tablet is the iPad; here’s a look at some of the major hardware choices in Android format:

1. Acer

2. Amazon

3. Google

4. Samsung

The respected TechRadar blog offers a list of the top ten rated tablets on the market, based on most popular features, pricing, reliability, and operating systems:

1. iPad Air: features a very impressive design and is lightweight; also has a powerful A7 and M7 chip that makes processing the fastest in its class

2. iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display: features an aluminum backing and an extremely fast A7 chip

3. Google Nexus 7: offers great functionality and hurdles just over the iPad mini in pricing and design

4. Sony Xperia Tablet Z: sleek, powerful and light-weight, but premium in features

5. LG G Pad 8.3: in place of plastic, this tablet features an aluminum shell and is top-notch in the area of design

6. Google Nexus 10: fast, smooth, and great in performance but lacks expandable storage

7. Microsoft Surface Pro 2: an extremely powerful business tablet

8. Apple iPad mini: top-notch in overall operating system consistency

9. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7″: features excellently built Android hardware

10. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2: delivers quite well in the area of productivity

Ever heard of a phablet?

According to this blog, a phablet is a combination of two words: tablet and phone. The term became popular when Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Note back in 2011. It’s now frequently used to describe any sort of device that fits between a smartphone and tablet category.

The main decisive factor comes down to the size of the screen. Normally, a phone that features a 5 to 6.9 screen size diagonally is referred to as a phablet. You might be considering the purchase of a tablet.

But take a closer look at what your needs are; it may be that a phablet would be best for you. If you take some of these tips into consideration, they should help you determine which tablet — or phablet — is right for you.

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